TFS#97: HQ Passing, Knee Strength, & Short Moments

“We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid.” — Benjamin Franklin

Knowledge is no longer scarce.

Everything you want to know is out there, for free.

You can learn to create or become anything you want.

All you have to do is put in time and effort to acquire that knowledge.

Sadly, most people won’t.

Having all the knowledge in the world at our fingertips only changes things for the people who are willing to use it.

Now, on to this week’s topics…


Be deadly from HQ

Some have written in requesting some techniques on HQ passing from a previous newsletter issue.

HQ is a great place to be for a passer and an uncomfortable place for the guard player.

The easiest system to build off of is the Knee Cut/Leg Weave.

If you’d like more details on differing passing techniques, reply with “more.”


Move like an animal

Have kids?

Chase them around using 3 animal movements.

It’ll keep you young and help you work on your mobility and strength.

Don’t forget to follow Jakob for more mobility ideas.

…But you definitely don’t need kids to use these movements.

It’s just more fun than regular static stretching.


Resources you’ll love

🥋 If you refer subscribers, I’ll feature you in this section! (link)

🥋 Avoid injuries by training smart, not soft. (link)

🥋 Cool details on how to avoid getting swept. (link)

🥋 You’ll want to read this article if you’re planning to cut weight. (link)


Spend 10 Seconds On Yourself

Reflecting and monitoring your training isn’t an overwhelming process that takes up a chunk of your schedule.

It absolutely can be a ritual you do when you wake up or go to bed everyday.

But it’s not necessary, especially for most people.

You only really need a silent moment to yourself.

Some times I put on my headphones—without any music, just to help my mind get away from the noise.

This is enough to buy me 10 seconds and think about the progress I’ve made.

To me, this is my way of “celebrating the small victories.”

It’s a reminder of how far I’ve come and the amount of effort I’ve invested in myself.

So some time today, close your eyes and think to yourself: how has my Jiu-Jitsu improved since January?

See you on the mats,



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